The Levent apartment is situated in a very old building from Istanbul, Turkey. In 2016 it’s been renovated by COA Mimarlik. Its 78 square meter surface wasn’t totally reconfigured although some important changes were made. The most notable of them is the design and structure of the hallway which used to be dark and gloomy.
In order to make the hallway more bright and welcoming, the designers chose to demolish part of the wall that separated it from the rest of the apartment. This way they ensured that natural light flows through the entire apartment.
The key to a good and suitable interior design is understanding the lifestyle and needs of those living in the space in order to come up with a concept that truly fits them. That’s what happened in this case. The designers made the necessary modifications to the floor plan in order to offer their clients the modern and vibrant home they desired.
The original floor plan featured an apartment that looked and felt small despite the size and that was mostly due to the presence of all the doors and the long hallway that divided the apartment into small compartments. The new layout is a lot more open and also brighter.
Because the building was very old, new electricity and drain systems had to be installed. Also, some walls were demolished to obtain the new look. The light entering through the windows can now be enjoyed in all of the apartment. Furthermore, a flexible and modular design was used for most of the furniture. The living room, for example, features a system of wooden rods which can be inserted into various holes to create a shelving and hanging system. Actually, the only fixed elements are the bottom cabinet and the vertical white frame.
All the doors except for those of the bedroom and the bathroom were removed and an open floor plan was created. In links the kitchen, dining area, living space and even the home office, even though some of these spaces are semi-private and defined by walls. Each room has a specific palette of colors. The living room has blue accents, the office is decorated in black and yellow and the bedroom has green details.